Sunday, November 23, 2014

The “Avoid the 8 on 78” Task Force announced in San Diego, California DUI lawyers told

90% of Californians approve of DUI checkpoints?  Hmmm, wonder California DUI attorneys.  That's what the San Diego Union-Tribune reports here.

8 California DUI law enforcement agencies in North San Diego County just announced Friday the formation of a new task force aimed at reducing drunken and impaired driving along the state Route 78 corridor, from Oceanside and Carlsbad to Escondido.

The “Avoid the 8 on 78” Task Force, whose name references the number of groups joining the effort, will focus for the next year on enhanced DUI enforcement including additional roving patrols and more checkpoints.
“As a result of this campaign, any one of the agencies in the North County can pick up a phone and instantly get what we’re calling the Force Multiplier,” Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter said at a news conference Friday evening. When that call is made, at least eight officers from different departments will head to the community that has requested help and assist with roving saturation DUI patrols or checkpoints.
“The idea here is you can be driving around in Carlsbad or Oceanside or Cal State San Marcos and you’re getting pulled over by an Escondido cop, or the CHP,” Carter said. “You don’t know where we are, but we’re going to be out there and we’re going to be out there in force.”
The task force includes the California Highway Patrol, the Vista and San Marcos sheriffs stations and police departments in Escondido, Oceanside, Carlsbad, Palomar College and at Cal State San Marcos.
Throughout San Diego County last year, 70 people were killed and more than 2,000 people were injured in alcohol-impaired crashes.
Along the state Route 78 alone, more than 1,600 people were arrested for DUI by the CHP from 2010 to 2013. During the same time period, 207 impaired drivers caused collisions resulting in injuries.
In Escondido in 2013, 99 people were injured in DUI-related crashes, including two fatalities.
In connection with Friday’s night’s announcement a checkpoint was set up along North Centre City Parkway. Dozens of officers were scheduled to screen drivers from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.